Blair & Jeff
From the photographer: “Jeff and Blair, reality TV stars of BRAVO’s Newlyweds: The First Year, married in Savannah, Georgia at the doors of the historic and prestigious Harper Fowlkes House. They arrived in a majestic horse drawn carriage with the ceremony performed by Reverend Steve Schulte with their closest friends and family. They were transported post-ceremony to their “Southern Soiree.” Guests were directed to their tables that were named after great Southern movies and treated to an elegant evening in a luxurious garden-like setting complete with chandeliers. The details including the cake were all black and white and natural greens. All enjoyed Southern style food and childhood favorites like Girl Scout Cookies and milk. Guests popped streamers and sent the happy couple on their way at the end of the night. It was a perfect send off on their adventure!” – Donna Von Bruening of Donna Von Bruening Photographers
Categories: Ideas + Trends, Real Weddings
Tags: Black Weddings, Donna Von Bruening Photographers, Events by Caroline, Garden on the Square, Georgia Weddings, Green Weddings, Harper Fowlkes House, historic home weddings, same-sex weddings, Spring Weddings
Ally & Jeff
Charleston, South Carolina
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
My parents met and were married in Charleston in the early 70’s. We moved around a lot as a family for my Dad’s work, but Charleston has always been a priority vacation spot for my family. I saw the William Aiken House years ago and always knew that’s where I would want to get married. It has a beautiful, Southern charm about it that just screams “Charleston!”
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
First and foremost would be the DELICIOUS food. Our guests are still raving about it. I really loved the décor in the house. It was simple and perfect, and I felt it really showcased the beauty of the house itself. We loved how the outdoor area was set up with the tent and dance floor. The hanging lanterns on the inside of the tent gave such an elegant touch and gorgeous ambiance for the whole evening.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.
My cousin and maid of honor had to undergo emergency open heart surgery a week before our wedding and was unable to attend because of this. When I put my dress on the day of the wedding, there was a navy blue heart attached to the inside of my dress. My mother then told me that my cousin asked the dress designer to attach this heart-shaped piece of my grandfather’s tie to the inside of my dress. My grandfather passed away last November, and I was very close with him. It was difficult planning our wedding knowing that he would not be there to watch me get married or to meet my husband. It was such a sweet, special moment that really made me feel like he was with me that day!
Brittany & Alex
Q & A with the Bride:
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
When I was planning my wedding, I lived out of state and actually booked the venue without seeing it in person! The Hazlehurst House is located in my hometown and after seeing the stunning pictures online of the garden wall, I knew that was where I was going to get married. Living out of state made it difficult to plan a wedding alone, so having a wedding planner included in the package made the planning process exciting and stress free!
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
- Every bride wants to be beautiful on their big day, but it was also a must for me to have comfortable shoes and add a little bit of my own style! I choose to wear my favorite flats, TOMS. I was so comfortable the whole night!
- Our guestbook. We had our guest sign the mattes of a picture frame with our wedding date in the middle. It’s special to see it hanging in our home and see all the love and support we receive from our friends and family on a daily basis.
- Our wedding favors. We had sunglasses made with our names and wedding date on the side. During the reception, everyone was wearing their shades and dancing the night away. It was so fun!
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
By far, my favorite moment of the day was our first look! Alex and I were nervous/excited and wanted to have special time together before the ceremony to see each other. It was a moment I will never forget! It was such a personal and intimate time for us, and we loved being able to share alone time together before we said, “I Do!”
Laura & Jason
From the photographer: “Laura and Jason wanted to marry somewhere central for their guests, though they would travel the furthest from Los Angeles, between Florida and North Carolina. They wanted a southern wedding and chose the Harper Fowlkes House, which is an outdoor courtyard in the Historic District of Savannah. Caroline Carter implemented a design and had them married under a fabric-swatched oak tree in the square, had their guests’ cocktail hour inside the Harper Fowlkes House then proceeded to the courtyard for a seated banquet dinner.” –Donna Van Breuning of Donna Van Breuning Photographers